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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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American Style Neighbourhoods in Ireland

Hi guys..another idea for a thread here, i was wondering if there any American styled neighbourhoods in Ireland in terms of streetscape and housing style..or either one like you see in the movies..

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In leafy suburbs in Dublin particularly on the Southside yes but not quite as open as that. Privacy is a bigger issue over here. So there are big hedges and things. Diffentiation is a form of expression. But in working class areas no. It is monotonous in working class areas. One good thing about the Celtic Tiger was the sense of individualisation it brought in. There is less and less monotony in new housing estates and this is a good thing imo rather then the usual every house the same in estates. It gives estates more character.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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In leafy suburbs in Dublin particularly on the Southside yes but not quite as open as that. Privacy is a bigger issue over here. So there are big hedges and things. Diffentiation is a form of expression. But in working class areas no. It is monotonous in working class areas. One good thing about the Celtic Tiger was the sense of individualisation it brought in. There is less and less monotony in new housing estates and this is a good thing imo rather then the usual every house the same in estates. It gives estates more character.
any good pictures? i love watching films with those cool leafy suburbs with the trees on either side of the road!
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Old January 17th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #4
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Well there's lots of leafy streets obviously, but as odlum says there aren't so many open lawns though, as people seem to love their hedges, walls and fences...

Eagle Valley, here in Enniskerry, has a kind of american feel to it (open lawns). As does the Georgian village in Castleknock, but generally fences, walls and hedges are the rule of the day.

Personally much prefer open lawns btw (hate bloody grey walls everywhere)!!!

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the sense of individualisation... There is less and less monotony in new housing estates and this is a good thing imo rather then the usual every house the same in estates. It gives estates more character.
I think pimping houses could be big business in the future... Gables, turrets and the likes seem to be sprouting up around the place.
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A Polish friend of mine once commented on the fact that houses here (in housing estates) are all the same "like a stamp" she said. I'd be inclined to agree with her. I love the layout in the first photo. It would be nice if a similar approach were adopted as a model for future estates in this country, although i don't think its appropriate for them to take up so much space. Everything in the US is bigger and more spread out. Bigger houses and buildings generally with more space around them. On the downside though is as a result of this, nearly everyone is car dependent. Cities in the US are vast and take up colossal amounts of space. I think more variety in housing types would be a good approach to take here, especially within housing estates. Anything but those ghastly concrete estates that were built between the 1960s - 1980s. Although nothing like the American neighbourhoods, Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15 is a good example of mixing housing types.
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As mentioned above Eagle Valley and the Georgian Village are probably the best examples.

There was an estate built in Foxrock in the first flush of the property boom, late 1990s, which had large dounle garages which projected from the front of the houses almost to the street. This is quite common in newer American developments. Can't think of the name of the estate though.

Also, a much older example, in Stepaside Co Dublin there was a development in the 1960s which features "ranch style" bungalows with sweeping front lawns. There is only a couple of Dozen houses but driving past has a very American feel.
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